Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' drops SD card support

Google's 'Honeycomb' release of Android - version 3.0 numerically - brings with it a host of improvements for large-screen tablet devices - but comments form Motorola suggest that it lacks a rather important feature: SD card support.

Although as-yet unconfirmed by Google, comments made by Motorola product manager Mark Notton at last week's Consumer Electronics Show suggest that the Motorola Xoom, the first tablet likely to hit the streets running Android 3.0 'Honeycomb,' won't support SD cards at launch - despite having a microSD slot.

Speaking to Wired, Notton explained: "There'll be an update soon after launch to fix it," but declined to offer a timescale as to precisely when the update would be available to those eager to try out Google's first serious attempt at a tablet OS.

Notton did, however, push the blame away from Motorola: "[It's] a Honeycomb issue rather than a Motorola one," he stated - suggesting that other tablets launching around the same time and featuring Google's tablet-specific build of Android will also experience the same strange lack.

With previous Android builds using microSD cards just fine - and Android 2.2 'Froyo' adding the long-awaited Apps2SD functionality, which allows users to shift selected applications out of the precious internal memory and on to a more capacious external card - it's hard to imagine what Google's got wrong this time round to remove the support.

With Google unable to comment on Motorola's claim, it remains to be seen if the lack of microSD support is the price that Motorola alone must pay for its early adoption of 'Honeycomb,' or whether we'll see a raft of similarly crippled tablets come the operating system's official launch.